Under new FDA rules, movie theaters, chain restaurants, and supermarkets with 20 or more locations will have to provide calorie counts on the foods they sell. The stores have until November 2015 to comply and provide calorie information on their menus. Amusement parks, vending machines, bakeries, coffee shops, and convenience stores must also comply with the new rules.
The move to include these food establishments came from a push by the restaurant industry. Restaurant owners argued that grocery stores and the like that sell prepared foods should also be made to place calorie counts on their food. “Representatives for the supermarket industry have said it could cost them up to a billion dollars to put the rules in place — costs that would be passed on to consumers.”
Smaller outlets are exempt from the rules for now, as are airplanes, trains, and food trucks.